Football: Lions out to attack Turkmenistan to keep Asian Cup hopes alive

Ikhsan Fandi (centre) training with the Lions at Jalan Besar Stadium, on Aug 30, 2017.
Ikhsan Fandi (centre) training with the Lions at Jalan Besar Stadium, on Aug 30, 2017.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE- Rooted to the bottom of Group E of the third round of the 2019 Asian Cup qualifiers, Lions coach V. Sundram Moorthy will shed his usual cautious tactics by attacking Turkmenistan for the crucial qualifier.

Speaking at the pre-match conference on Monday (Sept 4), a day before the match at Jalan Besar Stadium, Sundram said: "We need something to keep our hopes alive. We have to try to attack to score goals.

"It will be a difficult game (against Turkmenistan), they are physically strong. But we are playing at Jalan Besar, the boys will be motivated to play for the fans, anything can happen."

Singapore started well with a creditable 0-0 draw at Bahrain but stumbled to a 1-2 loss to Chinese Taipei at home and slid to bottom of the four-team group with one point.

Turkmenistan, second in the group with three points, started with a 3-1 victory over Chinese Taipei but lost 1-2 to Bahrain.

But Turkmenistan head coach Yazguly Hojageldiyev is refusing to rule out the Lions' chances.

He intoned: "Only two matches have been played. Each team can still qualify.

"I had seen Singapore's tactics, they are very strong defensively. It will be a difficult match but we are ready for tomorrow."